Degree in Geoinformation and Geomatics Engineering


Program Description

  • Official title: Graduate in Geoinformation and Geomatics Engineering
  • Branch of knowledge: Engineering and Architecture
  • Center: Higher Polytechnic School of Ávila
  • Type of teaching: On-site
  • Spanish Language
  • Regulated profession: Technical Surveying Engineer
  • Duration: 4 academic courses
  • ECTS credits: 240
  • Places of new entry 2019-20: 40


The Degree in Engineering in Geoinformation and Geomatics begins to be taught at the USAL in the academic year 2018-2019, once the verification process has been passed (from ACSUCyL and the Council of Universities), and it replaces the Degree in Engineering in Geomatics and Surveying has been taught uninterruptedly in the USAL since the 2010-2011 USAL year. The complete implementation of this new degree will be progressive, course by academic year (in 2018-19 it is implemented first, in 2019-20 it is implemented second and so on) and, in the same way, courses of the previous grade will no longer be given progressively. For more information, see the implementation schedule and equivalence tables in the "Adaptation of previous lessons" section of this website.

This Degree enables you to practice the regulated profession of Technical Surveying Engineer (Order CIN / 353, of 9 February, which establishes the requirements for the verification of official university qualifications that qualify for the aforementioned profession (BOE 20/2 / 2009)).

The introduction of new sensors for the capture of data, both from aerial and terrestrial platforms, together with the generalization of positioning from satellites, and the extension of computer techniques for processing the data obtained with them are today, together with solid physical-mathematical foundations, the tools of this engineering work.

The degree is aimed at training in professional skills demanded by employers in the sector, both in the context of public and private work and in the context of the use of digital and online cartography in all areas of administration and business private, without forgetting the application of geotechnologies in multiple fields of engineering and architecture. This guarantees that a large part of our graduates can access a very diverse and highly qualified labor market.

These studies last 4 years and are organized in subjects of basic training (66 ECTS), compulsory (147 ECTS), elective (15 ECTS) and the final project of degree (12 ECTS).115634_rrss_avila_geoinformacion.jpg



They are those set in Order CIN / 353/2009 (BOE 20/2/2009), by enabling this title for a regulated profession:

  1. Design and develop geomatic and topographic projects.
  2. Analyze, record and organize the knowledge of the environment and the distribution of the property and use that information for the planning and administration of the land.
  3. Understand and analyze the problems of implementation in the field of infrastructure, buildings and buildings designed from the engineering topography, analyze them and proceed with their implementation.
  4. Capacity for decision making, leadership, management of human resources and management of inter-disciplinary teams related to spatial information.
  5. Determine, measure, evaluate and represent the terrain, three-dimensional objects, points and trajectories.
  6. Collect and interpret information about the land and all that geographically and economically related to it.
  7. Management and execution of research projects, development and innovation in the field of this engineering.
  8. Planning, project, direction, execution, and management of measurement processes, information systems, image exploitation, positioning and navigation; modeling, representation and visualization of territorial information in, under and on the terrestrial surface.
  9. Planning, project, direction, execution and management of processes and products of application to the civil work and the building, in the geomatic field.
  10. Planning, project, direction, execution and management of processes and products of application to the environmental, agronomic, forestry and mining engineering, in the geomatic field.
  11. Planning, project, direction, execution and management of processes and application products in the information society in the geomatic field.
  12. Planning, project, direction, execution and management of processes and products of application in cadastre and registry, territorial planning and valuation, in the geomatic field.

Competences to be acquired by the student

The competences are determined by the fact that it is a qualification that enables the exercise of a regulated profession and, to that extent, are established in Order CIN / 353/2009 (BOE 20/2/2009).

Basic skills

  1. That students have demonstrated to possess and understand knowledge in the area / s of study that starts from the base of general secondary education, and is usually found at a level, that although it is supported by advanced textbooks, it also includes some aspects that imply knowledge coming from the vanguard of their field of study.
  2. That students know how to apply their knowledge to their work or vocation in a professional manner and possess the skills that are usually demonstrated through the elaboration and defense of arguments and problem solving within their area of study.
  3. That students have the ability to gather and interpret relevant data (usually within their area of study to make judgments that include a reflection on relevant issues of social, scientific or ethical nature.
  4. That students can transmit information, ideas, problems and solutions to a specialized and non-specialized public.
  5. That the students have developed those learning skills necessary to undertake further studies with a high degree of autonomy.

General Competences

  1. Ability to solve mathematical problems that may arise in engineering. Ability to apply knowledge about: linear algebra; geometry; differential geometry; differential and integral calculation; differential equations and partial derivatives; numerical methods; numerical algorithm; statistics and optimization.
  2. Understanding and mastery of basic concepts about the general laws of mechanics, thermodynamics, fields and waves and electromagnetism and its application for the resolution of engineering problems.
  3. Basic knowledge about the use and programming of computers, operating systems, databases and computer programs with application in engineering.
  4. Capacity for spatial vision and knowledge of graphic representation techniques, both by traditional methods of metric geometry and descriptive geometry, as well as by computer-aided design applications.
  5. Adequate knowledge of the concept of company, institutional and legal framework of the company. Organization and management of companies.
  6. Basic knowledge of geology and terrain morphology and its application in problems related to engineering. Climatology.
  7. Possess knowledge of new technologies in the field of Geoinformation and Geomatics.
  8. Be able to apply, integrate and communicate this knowledge in the field of Geoinformation and Geomatics projects.

Specific competences

  1. Knowledge, use and application of instruments and topographic methods suitable for carrying out surveys and stakeouts.
  2. Knowledge, use and application of appropriate photogrammetric instruments and methods for the realization of cartography.
  3. Knowledge, use and application of treatment techniques. Analysis of spatial data. Study of models applied to engineering and architecture.
  4. Knowledge, application and analysis of the processes of digital image processing and spatial information, coming from airborne sensors and satellites.
  5. Design, production and dissemination of basic and thematic cartography; Implementation, management and exploitation of Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
  6. Knowledge and application of geometric geodesy.
  7. Knowledge about construction methods; structure analysis; design, execution and control of infrastructures in the work with multidisciplinary teams, knowledge of hydraulics.
  8. Application of knowledge about: environmental impact monitoring and control; management systems and environmental legislation. Environmental impact evaluation. Preparation of environmental impact studies.
  9. Knowledge about: Safety, health and occupational hazards in the field of this engineering and in the environment of its application and development.
  10. Knowledge and application of geomatic methods and techniques in the fields of different engineering.
  11. Knowledge, use and application of photogrammetric and topographic methods and tools suitable for the realization of non-cartographic surveys.
  12. Knowledge and management in multidisciplinary teams of Spatial Data Infrastructures (IDE).
  13. Knowledge and application of the methods and techniques of physical and spatial geodesy; geomagnetism; seismology and seismic engineering; gravimetry
  14. Knowledge of mathematical cartography.
  15. Knowledge about: cadastral management: physical, legal and fiscal aspects; property registration; appraisals and valuations.
  16. Aptitude and capacity to develop analysis and territorial planning and territorial sustainability in the work with multidisciplinary teams.
  17. Knowledge and application of quadratic minimum adjustment methods in the field of topogeodesic, photogrammetric and cartographic observations.
  18. Original exercise to be carried out individually and to present and defend before a university court, consisting of a project in the field of specific technologies of Geomatics Engineering and Surveying of professional nature in which they synthesize and integrate the competences acquired in the teachings.
  19. Design relational databases, use a database management system, use the structured query language (SQL).
  20. Use a free and object-oriented relational database management system with SQL support and geographic objects support for use in the Geographic Information System.
  21. Know the basics of object-oriented programming and use an object-oriented programming language and develop applications with it.
  22. Perform expert opinions and assessments, technical and economic assessments in the field of topography, geodesy, photogrammetry, cartography.

Admission profile

Desirable and ideal characteristics of the students that want to start these degree studies:

  • Having previously completed the Baccalaureate, preferably in the scientific-technical mode, with good training in the basic subjects inherent to this modality.
  • Capacity for criticism, analysis and synthesis to be able to develop cognitive schemes typical of the theoretical foundations of Engineering.
  • Capacity for planning and organization and teamwork, to develop tasks and projects from the world of Engineering.
  • Taste for the theoretical and practical foundations that support Cartographic Engineering: analytical and descriptive geometry, interpretation and cartographic representation and the handling of technical instruments.
  • Computer handling capacity.
  • Sense of responsibility and motivation for self-learning in the field of technical education.
  • Interest in developing a professional activity in the context of engineering.

Access, Pre-registration, Admission and Registration

In order to enroll in this Degree, special conditions or tests different from the general ones established by the basic state regulations are not provided.

Students with partial official university studies who wish to be admitted to this degree should consult the requirements in the section "Transfer of file" of the Academic Guide of the degree in this same web.

Academic and Professional Exits

Academic Outputs

Once you finish the Degree in Geoinformation and Geomatics Engineering, we suggest you study one of the following University Master's degrees at the USAL , if you opt for a greater specialization:

  • Cartographic Geotechnologies in Engineering and Architecture

Professional outings

Companies and administrations with specific departments dedicated to the following activities:

  • Geoinformation capture through different sensors (laser, radar, aerial photography) and platforms (drones, satellites, aircraft, etc.)
  • Processing, analysis and three-dimensional modeling of geolocated data
  • Dissemination and publication through web servers
  • Big Data, Data mining, web scraping
  • Geospatial sector: global positioning, geolocation
  • Cybersecurity in the analysis of geospatial data
  • Documentation of archaeological and architectural heritage
  • Generation of virtual environments for network games and cinematographic animations
  • Animation of 3D environments in Engineering
  • Simulation of scenarios in forensic engineering and traffic accidents
  • Geometric support in civil engineering
  • Generation of digital content
  • Decision support systems of territorial scope

The degree qualifies for the exercise of the regulated profession of Technical Engineer in Topography.

The USAL facilitates your professional insertion. Links of interest:

  • Professional orientation.
  • Training for employment.
  • Employment exchange.
  • Advice on business creation.
  • Practices for students.
  • Practices for graduates.
Last updated Mar 2020

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